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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 7 Bubba Watson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 7: Bubba Watson

Born: Nov. 5, 1978, Bagdad, Fla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 9 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $6,876,797 (3rd) | World Ranking: 4

Gary Williams' Take: The enigma wrapped in a riddle. For someone with so many complex layers, who gives the appearance of inconsistency, he is wildly consistent. He misses few cuts, racks up countless top 10s, and wins every year. His performances in the majors in 2015 were very disappointing, with two missed cuts and a tie for 21st at the PGA being his best result. He’s arguably the most unorthodox player and person in the game. He doesn’t work with an instructor, can shape a ball designed not to curve and gives unvarnished views on things that most players shy away from because there is little to gain. His blowout win at the Hero World Challenge in December, in a tiny field against elite players, followed by his win at the Northern Trust Open are simply indications that when his mind is right, he is lethal. He may also be the most entertaining player to listen to during a round of golf. He should remain among the favorites at The Masters for the next 10 years.

Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 32

Wins: 2

2015 Performance:

     Masters – T38

     U.S. Open – Cut

     British Open – Cut

     PGA Championship – T21

Best Career Finishes:

     Masters - 1 (2012, ’14)

     U.S. Open – T5 (2007)

     British Open – T23 (2012)

     PGA Championship - 2 (2010)

Top-10 Finishes: 4

Top-25 Finishes: 9

Missed Cuts: 12

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